When interviewing, know what suits you!
Recently, I was having a coffee with a really impressive candidate. 22 years young, an inspiring attitude and ready to make a difference in the workforce that she was ready to join.
When I say candidate, she had a name, it was Louise. Louise and I were talking about a particular job opportunity to which she seemed more than perfect for. But that's always the way, you know, as a recruiter you always look at what's on paper, you always hear what you want to hear; the good stuff.
So, after a couple of flat whites we get to the point; Louise's expectations.
Louise had been struggling to secure a position with a business but I couldn't understand why. She was fun, refreshing, intellectually curious and as such made it really easy to get to the bottom of her expectations from her new role.
"What's important to you, Louise?"
This question opened a can of objection handling worms to which made me think that maybe I couldn't work with her as these expectations were totally wild and there couldn't possibly be a business out there to reward it's employees with them. "Flexible working is important to me, you know, I want to be able to work from home or whatever coffee shop that sells gluten free, vegan and freshly sourced tea".
"Ideally, I'd like somewhere with an unlimited annual leave allowance because I've got a lot of holidays planned" (I mean, this is something I could get on board with)
"In the gym, this girl was telling me that her company work under Agile Working which really appeals to me"
"I just want to be in control".
This has got Millennial written all over it.
Millennial ... a definition - "Millennials (also known as Generation Y) are the generational demographic cohort following Generation X. Demographers typically use the early 1980's to early 2000's as ending birth years".
Well let me tell you, Louise, by definition, I'm a Millennial myself and I have to say that even I find your expectations a little, unrealistic. Or are they actually inline with the current ideologies of a younger workforce and I'm old fashioned?
Experts estimate that by 2020, around 25% of the workforce will consist of Millennials which means to the old fashioned bosses who are ready to chain their staff to their desks and counting employee holiday days ... get ready for a generational shift in attitudes to work.
Another definition, if you're ready.
Agile working is a way of working in which an organisation empowers its people to work where, when and how they choose – with maximum flexibility and minimum constraints – to optimise their performance and to do their best work”
In short, I can imagine that should I say to my boss "I've done my bit for today, I'm off" he would probably tell me where to go and it's not home.
Is this employee's rights gone mad? Or does it make sense? Either way, in the coming years we'll be bound to hear more ideas like this and it's not only important for us to get ready but it's important to prepare our workforce for all eventualities.
So, if you're a candidate in the job market choosing which path to take, ask yourself what is right for you and what suits your style? Personally, I've always been more productive when I'm given a little bit of breathing space but know that at the end of the month, there needs to be evidence of my productivity.
You will inevitably see adverts that reel you right on in. Stop. Take a step back.
Idea: The weather has been amazing lately, I might work remotely outdoors.
Reality: you couldn't get decent WiFi, so either way, you look as if you were in the pub. And the screen, we all know that you can't see that screen in the glare of the sun.
Idea: I'm going to work in my pants in the comfort of my own lounge, chase all of those supplier agreements that I've been putting off and not watch any Jeremy Kyle until lunch.
Reality: I'm still in my pants but it feels weird cause nobody else is.
Idea: So I've got this much work to do this week, if I just get it all done today and work late then I can go on a yoga retreat with the girls this weekend.
Reality: We're taking you to court because we have no control anymore.
These are terms that you would have heard a lot more of recently. Make sure you know what you're signing up to. Be aware and don't fall short of a poorly written advert about the dream. And also, Millennial's, stop running around like you rent the place.